Why Karnataka Cabinet reshuffle continues to be delayed

The wait for a Cabinet reshuffle in Karnataka continues. The last time the Cabinet had new inductees was in February.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP national president JP Nadda in Delhi in September and November, but is yet to get the party high command’s nod for a Cabinet reshuffle, sources said.


The delay comes amid a buzz around a possible change of the chief minister in Karnataka. However, state leaders, on record, have said it’s a media-driven agenda and that BS Yediyurappa will remain the CM. But, off-record, an MLA said, “Cabinet reshuffle is delayed because the CM may be changed. The party is looking at the next election and needs a new face to lead the state.”

Another hurdle for the party is that there are over two dozen aspirants who claim they have the right combination in terms of caste and regional balance to become a minister. With seven berths vacant, accommodating all will be a herculean task. And, with Gram Panchayat elections announced in the state, party is unlikely to risk going ahead with a rejig.


Many MLAs are eagerly awaiting the high command nod. Out of the 34 Cabinet berths, 15-16 will be occupied by defectors. The fight is for the remaining spots. Many want a reshuffle and not an expansion. Demand has begun to drop senior ministers and induct new faces. The CM’s political secretary, MLA Renukacharya, met party state president Nalin Kumar Kateel and said a few sitting ministers have to be dropped.


Considering the number of aspirants for Cabinet berths, it’s difficult for the party to go ahead as Karnataka has been seeing a series of elections. The first was the MLC elections. Then came the by-elections in Sira and RR Nagar. The Election Commission has announced the gram panchayat elections in December. Up next is the ZP, TP, and Belgaum Lok Sabha, and Maski and Basavakalyana Assembly elections. The party doesn’t want to take a chance with a rejig because it fears rebellion might hit the election results.

However, the chief minister has maintained in the last three weeks that cabinet expansion will happen soon.

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